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PRODUCT NAME

INERGEN Fire Suppression System


ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
INERGEN agent is a mixture of three
naturally occurring gases: nitrogen, argon,
and carbon dioxide. As INERGEN agent is
derived from gases present in the earths
atmosphere, it exhibits no ozone depleting
potential, does not contribute to global
warming, nor does it contribute unique
chemical species with extended atmospheric
lifetimes. Because INERGEN agent is
composed of atmospheric gases, it does not
pose the problems of toxicity associated with
the chemically derived Halon alternative
agents.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The INERGEN Fire Suppression System,
manufactured by Ansul, is an engineered
system utilizing a fixed nozzle agent distribu-
tion network. The system is designed and
installed in accordance with the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA) Standard
2001, Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing
Systems. When properly designed, the
INERGEN system will extinguish surface
burning fire in Class A, B, and C hazards by
lowering the oxygen content below the level
that supports combustion.
INERGEN agent has also been tested by
FMRC for inerting capabilities. Those tests
have shown that INERGEN agent, at design
concentrations between 40% and 50%, has
successfully inerted mixtures of propane/air,
and methane/air.
The system can be actuated by detection
and control equipment for automatic system
operation along with providing local and
remote manual operation as needed.
Accessories are used to provide alarms,
ventilation control, door closures, or other
auxiliary shutdown or functions.
When INERGEN agent is discharged into a
room, it introduces the proper mixture of
gases that will allow a person to breathe in a
reduced oxygen atmosphere.
A system installation and maintenance
manual is available containing information on
system components and procedures
concerning design, operation, inspection,
maintenance, and recharge.
The system is installed and serviced by
authorized distributors that are trained by the
manufacturer.
Basic Use The INERGEN system is partic-
ularly useful for suppressing fires in hazards
where an electrically non-conductive medium
is essential or desirable; where clean-up of
other agents present a problem; or where the
INERGEN FIRE
SUPPRESSION
SYSTEMS
DATA SHEET
hazard is normally occupied and requires a
non-toxic agent.
The following are typical hazards protected
by INERGEN systems:
Computer rooms
Subfloors
Tape storage
Telecommunication/Switchgear
Vaults
Process equipment
All normally occupied or unoccupied elec-
tronic areas where equipment is either very
sensitive or irreplaceable
Composition and Materials The basic
system consists of extinguishing agent stored
in high strength alloy steel cylinders. Various
types of actuators, either manual or auto-
matic, are available for release of the agent
into the hazard area. The agent is distributed
and discharged into the hazard area through
a network of piping and nozzles. Each nozzle
is drilled with a fixed orifice designed to
deliver a uniform discharge to the protected
area. On large hazards, where three or more
cylinders are required, a screwed or welded
pipe manifold assembly is employed. The
cylinder(s) is connected to the distribution
piping or the manifold by means of a flexible
discharge bend and check valve assembly.
Additional equipment includes Control
panels, releasing devices, remote manual
pull stations, corner pulleys, door closures,
pressure trips, bells and alarms, and pneu-
matic switches. All or some are required
when designing a total system.
INERGEN Agent INERGEN agent is a
mixture of three inerting (oxygen diluting)
gases: 52% nitrogen, 40% argon, and 8%
carbon dioxide. INERGEN gas extinguishes
fire by lowering the oxygen content below the
level that supports combustion. When
INERGEN agent is discharged into a room, it
introduces the proper mixture of gases that
still allow a person to breathe in a reduced
oxygen atmosphere. It actually enhances the
bodys ability to assimilate oxygen. The
normal atmosphere in a room contains 21%
oxygen and less than 1% carbon dioxide. If
the oxygen content is reduced below 15%,
most ordinary combustibles will cease to
burn. INERGEN agent will reduce the oxygen
content to approximately 12.5% while
increasing the carbon dioxide content to
about 3%. The increase in the carbon dioxide
content increases a persons respiration rate
and the bodys ability to absorb oxygen.
Simply stated, the human body is stimulated
by the carbon dioxide to breathe more deeply
and rapidly to compensate for the lower
oxygen content of the atmosphere.
Cylinders The cylinders are constructed,
tested, and marked in accordance with
applicable Dept. of Transportation (DOT)
and the U.S. Bureau of Explosives specifica-
tions. As a minimum, the cylinders must
meet the requirements of DOT 3AA2300
or 3AA2015+.
Cylinder Assembly The cylinder assembly
is of steel construction with a red standard
finish. Four sizes are available to meet
specific needs. Each is equipped with a
pressure seat-type valve equipped with
gauge. The valve is constructed of forged
brass and is attached to the cylinder
providing a leak tight seal. The valve also
includes a safety pressure relief device
which provides relief at 2900-3300 psi
(20685-23167 kPA) per CGA test method.
Cylinder charging pressure is 2175 psi at
70 F (14997 kPA at 21 C). The cylinders
are shipped with a maintenance record card
and shipping cap attached. The cap is
attached to the threaded collar on the neck
of each cylinder to protect the valve while in
transit. The cylinder serial number and date
of manufacture are stamped near the neck of
each cylinder.
Electric Actuator Electric actuation of an
agent cylinder is accomplished by an
electric actuator interfaced through an
AUTOPULSE Control System. This actuator
can be used in hazardous environments
where the ambient temperature range is
between 32 F and 130 F (0 C and 54 C).
In auxiliary or override applications, a manual
lever actuator can be installed on top of the
actuator.
Manual or Pneumatic Actuators Three
types of manual/pneumatic actuators are
available for lever actuation on the cylinder
valve. Manual actuation is accomplished by
pulling the hand lever on the actuator.
Detection System The AUTOPULSE
Control System is used where an automatic
electronic control system is required to
actuate the INERGEN system. This control
system is used to control a single fixed fire
suppression or alarm system based on
inputs received from fire detection devices.
The detection circuits can be configured
using cross, counting, independent or priori-
ty-zone (counting) concepts. The control
system has been tested to the applicable
FCC Rules and Regulations for Class A
Computing devices.
ANSUL
SYSTEM
SPECIFICATIONS
Nozzles Nozzles are designed to direct the
discharge of INERGEN agent using the
stored pressure from the cylinders. Ten sizes
of nozzles are available. The system design
specifies the nozzle and orifice size to be
used for proper flow rate and distribution pat-
tern. The nozzle selection depends on the
hazard and location to be protected.
Pressure Reducer The pressure reducer
is required in the distribution piping to restrict
the flow of INERGEN agent, thus reducing
the agent pressure down stream of the
reducer. The pressure reducer contains a
stainless steel orifice plate which is drilled to
the specific size hole required based on the
hydraulic calculation. The orifice plate pro-
vides readily visible orifice identification. The
pressure reducer is available in nine sizes:
1/2 in., 3/4 in., 1 in., 1 1/4 in., 1 1/2 in., 2 in.,
2 1/2 in., 3 in., and 4 in. NPT.
Pipe and Fittings The system manifold
must be constructed of Schedule 80 or 160
piping and class 2000 or 3000 lb. iron fit-
tings, threaded or welded. The distribution
piping down stream from the orifice union
must be constructed of a minimum of
Schedule 40 piping with class 300 malleable
iron threaded fittings or welded steel fittings.
All piping must be black iron of the following
type and grade: ASTM A-53 seamless or
electric resistance welded, grade A or B, or
ASTM A-106 grade A, B, or C. Do not use
ASTM A-120, ASTM A-53 type F or ordi-
nary cast iron pipe or fittings.
Limitations The INERGEN system must
be designed and installed within the guide-
lines of the manufacturers design, installa-
tion, operation, inspection, recharge, and
maintenance manual. The ambient temper-
ature limitations are 32 F to 130 F (0 C
to 54 C). All AUTOPULSE Control Systems
are designed for indoor applications and for
temperature ranges between 32 F and
120 F (0 C and 49 C).
TECHNICAL DATA
Applicable Standards: The INERGEN
system complies with NFPA Standard 2001,
Standard for Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing
Systems, and EPA Program SNAP,
Significant New Alternate Policy.
Agent is listed and approved by Underwriters
Laboratories, Inc. (UL) and Factory Mutual
Research Corporation (FMRC).
INSTALLATIONS
All system components and accessories
must be installed by personnel trained by the
manufacturer. All installations must be per-
formed according to the guidelines stated in
the manufacturers design, installation,
operation, inspection, recharge, and
maintenance manual.
AVAILABILITY AND COST
Availability INERGEN Systems are sold
and serviced through a network of indepen-
dent distributors located in most states and
many foreign countries.
Cost Cost varies with type of system
specified, size, and design.
PRODUCT WARRANTY
Warranty The components of the fire sup-
pression system supplied by Ansul Inc.
(Ansul) are warranted to you as the original
purchaser for one year from the date of deliv-
ery against defects in workmanship and
material. Ansul will replace or repair any
Ansul supplied components, which, in its
opinion, are defective and have not been
tampered with or subjected to misuse,
abuse, or exposed to highly corrosive condi-
tions provided that written notice of the
alleged defect shall have been given to
Ansul within 30 days after discovery thereof
and prior to the expiration of one year after
delivery, and further provided that if Ansul so
instructs, such article or part thereof is
promptly returned to Ansul with shipping
charges prepaid.
Disclaimer of Warranty and Limitation of
Damage The warranty described above is
the only one given by Ansul concerning this
system. ANSUL MAKES NO OTHER
WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY
AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR
PURPOSE. ANSULS MAXIMUM RESPON-
SIBILITY FOR ANY CLAIMS WHETHER IN
CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE,
BREACH OF WARRANTY, OR STRICT
LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE
PURCHASE PRICE OF THE SYSTEM.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL
ANSUL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SPECIAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL
DAMAGES OF ANY KIND. Ansul does not
assume or authorize any other person to
assume for it any additional liability in
connection with the sale of this system.
For repairs, parts, and service of the Ansul
fire suppression system, contact a local
Ansul representative, or Ansul Incorporated,
Marinette, WI 54143-2542,
800-TO-ANSUL (862-6785).
FALSE DISCHARGE WARRANTY
Subject to the conditions set forth below,
Ansul will, as purchasers sole remedy,
replace INERGEN gas and pay reasonable
costs to recharge the INERGEN/Detection
and Control System where, in Ansuls opin-
ion, the discharge has occurred due to a
defect in the material or workmanship of the
products provided by Ansul. This warranty is
extended only to the original purchaser of the
INERGEN/Detection and Control System and
only for a period of one year from the date of
installation of the INERGEN/Detection and
Control System.
Ansul will only replace INERGEN gas and
pay reasonable costs to recharge the
INERGEN/Detection and Control System
where the discharge occurs due to a defect
in the material or workmanship of the
products provided by Ansul. For example,
Ansul will not be responsible for discharges
due to faulty maintenance or installation or
service, intentional acts by the owner or third
parties, or circumstances over which Ansul
has no control. Ansul will not be responsible
for discharges of the INERGEN/Detection
and Control System which occur if the
INERGEN/Detection and Control System,
as initially installed, has been altered or
modified.
This warranty shall be effective only if the
original purchaser maintains a semi-annual
service agreement for the INERGEN/
Detection and Control System with an
Authorized Ansul Distributor from the date of
installation. This warranty covers only those
INERGEN/Detection and Control Systems
purchased from Ansul or its Authorized
Distributors and only those INERGEN/
Detection and Control Systems which incor-
porate and use only hardware and compo-
nents, including detection and control
devices manufactured, sold, or approved by
Ansul. This warranty may not be assigned or
transferred to others.
Ansul Product Services Department must be
notified within three days of the discharge of
the INERGEN/Detection and Control System
and must approve the cost of INERGEN gas
and recharge service in advance.
Except as provided above, ANSUL MAKES
NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND,
WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED,
INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE, UNDER NO
CIRCUMSTANCE SHALL ANSUL HAVE
ANY LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL,
INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR SIMILAR
DAMAGES. ANSUL SHALL HAVE NO
LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES DUE TO
DELAY IN RECHARGING THE
INERGEN/DETECTION AND CONTROL
SYSTEM. ANSULS MAXIMUM LIABILITY
FOR DIRECT DAMAGES IS LIMITED TO
THE REPLACEMENT OF INERGEN GAS
AND REASONABLE COSTS TO
RECHARGE THE INERGEN/DETECTION
AND CONTROL SYSTEM.
This warranty is not effective unless Ansul
Form No. F-9346 is completed and returned
to Ansul within 10 days of the commissioning
of the INERGEN/Detection and Control
System.
MAINTENANCE
Maintenance is a vital step in the perfor-
mance of a fire suppression system. As
such, it must be performed by an authorized
Ansul distributor in accordance with NFPA
2001 and the manufacturers design, installa-
tion, recharge, and maintenance manual.
When replacing components on the Ansul
system, use only Ansul approved parts.
TECHNICAL SERVICES
For information on the proper design and
installation, contact a local authorized
INERGEN System distributor. The Ansul
applications engineering department is also
available to answer design and installation
questions. Call 800-TO-ANSUL (862-6785).
ANSUL, AUTOPULSE and INERGEN are registered
trademarks.
ANSUL INCORPORATED, ONE STANTON STREET, MARINETTE, WI 54143-2542 715-735-7411 Form No. F-9312-8 2000 Ansul Incorporated Litho in U.S.A.